Mixing his training as an engineer, interest in art, an
innate ability to draw and a vast storage of memories from his years of
international travel, John embarked on a second profession when he enrolled at
The Glassell School of Arts over a decade ago.
Favorite subjects include portraits of some of the more
interesting characters that he has met through the years, the charm of old
European towns and villages or extracting/synthesizing interesting slices out
“When I search for painting subjects, I generally look for a
story to tell. In portraits, I like to paint people whose features could tell a
life story. In urban settings, I try to compose a scene from sketches and
photographs and give the sense that there is a story behind the painting.
I always try to leave an element of mystery, allowing the
viewer’s imagination to fill in the blanks. I am fascinated by the play of
light and it’s interaction with my painting subjects.”